Beautiful resort, right in the jungle on the edge of the ocean. Each bungalow is surrounded by greenery, tucked away to provide a feeling of solitude. The baths are open air, which is a very nice touch. We stayed in Coco Joe's, which has a queen downstairs and a king bed squeezed into a small loft on top. It was sufficient for 4 people. We could see onto the beach from our patio, and had a paved path directly down to the beach, with two hammocks just for us right on the water. It would have been nice to have a couple of beach chairs down there, too, as there weren't many options for relaxing on the beach except for the hammocks. The food was absolutely delicious - beyond our expectations. We only wished we had been able to stay long enough to try everything on the menu. Every person on the staff we interacted with was friendly, cheerful, accommodating, responsive - they couldn't have been more wonderful! The pool area is very nice, with a beautiful setting. We saw two types of monkeys and several types of lizards. We were also visited by a black scorpion in our bungalow the first night. Along with lush jungle also comes animals and insects of all kinds, and we were not bothered much. The only slight negative for our family is that the ocean is strong and rocky - it was not suited for swimming in front of the resort or anywhere nearby. It may have been the time of year, perhaps other times the ocean is more inviting. We walked the 25 minutes to the Playa Grande, jumped into the calm looking water, and our two adult girls were immediately caught up in a rip tide from waist deep, leaving us with the knowledge that the ocean in this area has strong currents and may not be as friendly as it seems. The walk into town wasn't long - perhaps 15 minutes, but it wasn't too inviting walking along the dirt road, and we were a little concerned about our girls walking into town without us at night (20 and 22 years old), as the walk is dark and rather deserted. While I'm sure it was safe, we didn't go in town at night. We walked to the waterfalls, which was a fun and memorable adventure. With the help of a local, we made it to the third and highest waterfall. Quite a trek, with some climbing up steep rocky terrain holding on to tree limbs and vines - great fun! While we may not be inclined to visit this area again, we will have fond memories and great photos of the Ylang Ylang Resort long into the future!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This family-owned resort is known for its natural tropical beauty, variety of wildlife roaming the grounds and outstanding customer service. Located a 10-15 minute walk on the beach from Montezuma, one will find romantic Beach Front Bungalows with A/C, a Spa nestled in the jungle, and a tropical pool edged by waterfalls. If you're looking to get away, this is the getaway place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ylang Ylang Beach Hotel Montezuma
- Ylang Beach Hotel
- Ylang Beach Resort